T.C. Williams offers several comprehensive career planning programs for students. Each program allows students to take career related inventories, research occupations, and create an online personal portfolio.
- Naviance Family Connection is an online career planning system funded by ACPS that provides career assessments, career and college research, and the tool students use for the college application process. Students should use their computer login and lunch pin number to log into Naviance.
- The Virginia Education Wizard is the new online resource designed and funded by the state to be a one-stop resource that brings together real-time information to help students plan their postsecondary education. The Wizard provides career assessments, career path, college curriculum, financial aid and college cost information.
- My Road is offered by the College Board to students once they have taken the PSAT. Password should be available in December.
In addition to the programs offered at T.C. Williams, there are many websites that offer interest inventories. While an online inventory should not substitute for an actual career assessment, these sites can provide a foundation for students. The following are just a few of the free websites that exist.
The Holland Codes are based on the extensive research and copyrighted work of Dr. John L. Holland. The Holland Codes are useful for helping people to make sense of the relationship between "occupational types" and college majors and career fields.
Use the following websites to identify your Holland Code and related occupations.
- Career Toolbox
A military-based checklist of 60 items and identifies a few civilian and military related occupations. The interest check list will take 5-10 minutes to complete and also has links to résumé writing and interviewing websites.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychological test designed to assist a person in identifying their personality preferences. It was developed by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers during World War II, and follows from the theories of Carl Jung as laid out in his work Psychological Types.
Use the following websites to identify your Myers-Briggs Personality Type and related occupations.
- Type Focus
Offers a 66 question forced choice inventory that will identify Myers-Briggs Type.
- What's Your Personality Type?
Provides a brief description of each personality preference and allows the user to select the preference they feel matches their personality, then identifies a few related occupations.
Is a 72 Yes or No question assessment that identifies Myers-Briggs Type and provides links to online descriptions of the type.
- Common Careers for Personality Types
Use Myers-Briggs Type to identify potential careers.
In their simplest form, Career Clusters are groupings of occupations/career specialties established by the Federal Government. Occupations/career specialties are grouped into the Career Clusters based on the fact that they share a common set of common knowledge and skill sets.
- Career Cluster Interest Inventory
Provides both and online and printable assessment to identify interest in career clusters.
- Who R U?
Another online assessment, housed within Virginia View, that identifies career cluster interest level.
- Work Values Inventory
A 45 question values inventory.
- Learning Styles
A 16 question survey to identify student learning styles.